My latest book review at PopMatters is of a bibliomemoir by Katharine Smyth: ALL THE LIVES WE EVER LIVED. It features one of my all-time favorite novels, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, by Virginia Woolf. Smyth explores how the writing of this novel helped Woolf finally come to terms with the loss of her mother and how the reading of it helped Smyth through her own grief over losing her father.
An essay published at The Millions. I write about how Voltaire’s Candide inspired both my physical garden and my literary one. Along the way, I share thoughts from Virginia Woolf, May Sarton, Diane Ackerman, Adam Gopnik and . . . The Martian (by Andy Weir.)
I am thrilled, grateful, and humbled to join a wonderful set of book critics interviewed in this series at Literary Hub. I’ve learned from each one of them. And I so enjoyed answering the questions too. Of course, I cannot do any book-related discussion without mentioning Virginia Woolf and Zadie Smith. I only wish I’d managed to also work in Toni Morrison. Still, I gave shout-outs to a few other writers also who inspire me. Read the whole interview here.